My sewing machine has a really practical hard case, which I know some machines don’t have, however stowed away it can still gather dust! I’ve been wanting to make a cover for it for ages but other projects have taken priority…so I put it off no longer and finally made my cover.
I love the cute fox fabric I found at The Corner Patch; it has a handy up and down pattern so I could easily use one strip of it to go from the front to the back without the pattern turning upside down (just a little tip if you make your own!)
All in all, it took me under an hour to cut out and sew – if you’re keen to make your own, here’s how:
You will need:
- 1m of your favourite fabric
- Good quality thread
- Sewing machine
- Tailors chalk
- Dressmaking scissors
- Measuring tape
- You’ll see I measured my hard case and made a paper pattern. I did this by drawing round each side of my case.
- Lay your pattern pieces out on your fabric and cut out, leaving a 0.5 to 1 inch seam allowance. I made the cover in cheap sheeting in the first instance to check my calculations were right (so I didn’t ruin my beautiful fabric…I’d have been devastated) – it worked really well. I made my trial run cover from 5 pieces of fabric, and realised I could have just one piece of fabric for the front, top and back; this really helped me out when I came to make the real thing so I would suggest you cut one piece too if you can.
- Pin your sides to your main piece (right sides together) and sew around each side piece to attach it. Because my hard case is curved at the front, my side pieces had to be too, which made pinning and sewing it up just that little bit trickier but once I worked out how I could do it, it was no problem. After sewing the sides on, I also realised I had a little excess fabric so I was able to take my seams in – if you choose to do this, make sure you do this equally on both sides.
- Pin up the fabric at the bottom of your cover to hem round for a neat edge. Depending on how you cut your fabric, your hem width may vary. Mine was 2cm.
- Place over your machine and marvel at how much better it looks!
Not only do I have a beautiful cover, using garish threads that I had in my collection but don’t ordinarily use (why use the nice ones for a trial run?!), I was able to work out what happens when my machine jams (result!) – now I can fix those too!
I have a little bit of fabric left, which has gone in the stash for now…but I’ve already had a fab idea of what I can make to share with you next!
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